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Eagle River Nature Center



32750 Eagle River Road
Eagle River, AK 99577
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  • Description - Eagle River Nature Center

    The Eagle River Nature Center is operated by a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to provide connections to nature through interpretive education, resource protection and outdoor opportunities. You’ll discover the beauty of the Eagle River Valley as you begin your drive along Eagle River Road. Residential areas will give way to breathtaking views of glacially-carved mountains. At Mile 12 you will reach the log cabin visitor center – a threshold for connecting to the ever-changing landscape beyond. The Rodak Nature Trail: This is a short, ¾ mile nature loop with interpretive signage which leads to our Beaver Viewing Deck and Salmon Viewing Deck. The trail has been recognized by Alaska State Parks to be an educational trail which prohibits any disturbance of plant materials along the trail. Please keep all pets on leashes on the Rodak Nature Trail. The Albert Loop Trail: This is a 3-mile loop that begins at the Nature Center and reaches the bank of the Eagle River. The trail is groomed during the winter months for crosscountry skiing. Depending on the extent of beaver activity and rainfall, this trail may be muddy with standing water in places. However, the hike is well worth it, as the trail traverses rich habitats. The Dew Mound Trail: Depending on how many loops you take of this multi-looped backcountry trail, you will travel between ½ mile to 6 miles. This trail is more rugged than the Albert Loop Trail – narrower and with more elevation gain. You will be rewarded with stunning views of the Eagle River Valley and the lovely little Dew Mound Lake. The Historic Iditarod or Crow Pass Trail: This 25-mile trail is considered “a must” for Alaskan backcountry hikers. Extending from Girdwood to the Nature Center, this trail has it all – from glaciers and river crossings to pastoral stands of birch and a glacier-fed swimming hole. This trail is not for the novice trail hiker. Depending on trail and weather conditions, sections can be potentially hazardous. Hikers should consult a trail guide for more detail and contact us for current trail conditions.

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    Birthday Parties,  Day Camp,  Kids Places,  Nature and Animals,  Nature Center,  Science,  Summer Camp

  • Activity Age Range

    3 years and up

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